Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design

VIU International, Canada

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Next enrollment cycle

September 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 13,572

Course Accredited By

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

Are you a visual communicator and think you would enjoy a creative career? The four-year Graphic Design degree program at VIU is taught by professors who are graphic designers, artists and photographers themselves, and is a hands-on program taught in studios using industry-leading technologies.

Why a graphic design degree? Every company, organization and product needs a designer. Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design students graduate industry-ready with a killer portfolio to add to their resume. Are you ready to start creating?

The Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design is intended for students who wish to pursue a professional career in the creative discipline of digital and print Graphic Design. "Graphic Design is an interdisciplinary problem-solving activity that combines visual sensitivity with skill and knowledge in areas of communication, technology and business. A Graphic Designer specializes in the structuring and organizing of visual information and to aid communication and orientation. They provide clients with the following: research, costing, planning, coordination, project management, quality control, design and aesthetic judgment, advertising and art direction." (Ashworth, Hilary ed. The Business of Graphic Design, A Professional's Handbook. Toronto: Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario, 2001).

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022

Admission Requirements

General admission requirements apply.

Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design students must submit the following to support their application:

  • A portfolio
  • A 100-300 word written statement on reasons and goals for seeking enrolment in the program and indicating research about the profession
  • A résumé including two reference letters

Applicants' portfolios should include 6-12 items. The work can come from a variety of mediums, including, but not limited to:

  • hand rendered sketching (pencil, ink)
  • painting (water colour, oils, acrylics)
  • collage (mixed media, other)
  • photography
  • 3D sculpture or prop building
  • writing (essays, poems, blogs)
  • digital work (commissioned or not)
  • jewelry making
  • pottery
  • fabric work (original sewing, needle work)
  • motion (video, digital)
  • websites (blogs, animation)
  • sound (music, recordings)
  • journals (sketching, writing)
  • process sketch books
     

Year 1

(Professional Practice 1)
(Core Studio 1)
(Technology 1)
(Technology 2)
(Core Studio 2)
(Core Studio 3)
(Core Studio 4)
(University Writing and Research)
Two non-ARTG electives

Total Credits
30

Year 2
(Professional Practice 2)
(Design Culture)
(Technology 3)
(Core Studio 5)
(Core Studio 6)
(Core Studio 7)
(Technology 4)
(Technology 5)
(UI-UX I)
(Business and Technical Writing)

Total Credits
30

Year 3
(Professional Practice 3)
(Core Studio 8)
(Design Studio 1)
(Core Studio 9)
(UI-UX II)
(Core Studio 10)
(Planning for Upper-Level Internship)
(Third-Year Internship)
Two non-ARTG electives
Total Credits
30


Year 4
(Professional Practice 4)
(Design Studio 2)
(UI-UX III)
(UI-UX IV)
(Design Studio 3) 
(Core Studio 11)
(Core Studio 12)
(Design Studio 4)
Two non-ARTG electives
Total Credits
30

 

Fees for Year 1* Amount Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit) 4,704.00 Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 188.16 Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit) 207.90 VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20 Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 Year 1: Books and supplies (approximate costs)** 3,000.00 Total 8,542.26 Fees for Year 2* Amount Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit) 4,704.00 Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 188.16 Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit) 207.90 VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20 Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 

Year 2: Books and supplies (approximate costs) 2,100.00 Total 7,642.26 Fees for Year 3* Amount Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit) 4,704.00 Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 188.16 Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit) 207.90 VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20 Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 

Year 3: Books and supplies (approximate costs) 2,300.00 Total 7,842.26 Fees 

Year 4* Amount Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit)4,704.00 Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)188.16 Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit)207.90 VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month)167.20 Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)275.00 Year 4: Books and supplies (approximate costs)2,800.00 Total 8,342.26

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